You’ve heard it by Jackson Browne, but the original version topped the chart in 1960
Remembering the great songwriter Rod Temperton whose songs were the soundtrack of the ’80s
At one time or another Wilson Pickett, Eddie Floyd, and Sir Mack Rice were members of the Falcons
Chris Kenner hit it big in ’61. Covers of his songs were massive hits for others.
A splendid new visual history of the legendary soul label
A leading figure in the rise of Philly Soul, Bunny Sigler scored his own hit in ’67
Johnny Bristol had already had an amazing career when he scored his biggest hit
Tony Clarke wrote two hits for Etta James and had a hit of his own in 1965
The O’Kaysions scored big in ’68 but there could have been many more
The funky People’s Choice scored big in ’71 and bigger in ’75
Barbara Acklin wrote some massive hits and scored one of her own in ’68
The Moments scored big hits before morphing into Ray, Goodman & Brown
In 1979 the songwriting and producing team stepped out for a smash of their own
The Chantels had two smash hits with two unrelated Smiths as lead singers
Mel & Tim went to Muscle Shoals to record their 1972 hit
Gene Chandler’s extraordinary career spanned the doo-wop, r&b, soul, and disco eras.
The Native American rock band scored a huge hit in 1974
Ronnie Dyson was a star of stage, screen, and the music charts who was lost too soon
Johnny Ace was one of the biggest stars of the ’50s until one fateful Christmas Day in Houston
Working with Philly Soul legend Thom Bell the Intrigues had their biggest hit
Shirley Ellis emerged as a three-hit wonder at a dark time in the nation’s history
Patty & the Emblems are best remembered for the songwriter who wrote their biggest hit
She’s known for her raunchy raps but Millie Jackson is a first-rate soul singer
Fontella Bass scored big with the unfairly labeled “Aretha record that Aretha never made”
Manu Dibango brought funk back to its origins in 1972
The Bo-Keys rose from the ashes of a legendary ’60s soul band
Rufus scored one last hit with this 1983 smash
The Jimmy Castor Bunch scored with a funky hit in 1972.
Yes, you’re reading that title correctly. For a few years in the ’70s, Dionne Warwick added that ‘e’ to the end of her last name because her astrologer convinced her that that ‘e’ would add balance to her name, and bring her good fortune. By 1975 Warwick realized that alteration of her name had been a mistake, and went back to the spelling that the world was familiar with. Another strange thing about the label credit is that the Spinners are just credited as Spinners, without the definite article before their name. Name changes aside, when Dionne Warwicke and Spinners got together with legendary Philly Soul producer Thom Bell in 1974, the result was pure magic, not to mention a huge hit.
Best known as a songwriter/producer, Lamont Dozier also had hits on his own